ZTE Says Security Patch for Score In the Works
Handset maker ZTE has confirmed reports of a security hole in its Score Android smartphone and says a patch is being developed to plug the hole. "ZTE is actively working on a security patch and expects to send the update over-the-air to affected users in the very near future," ZTE said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "We strongly urge affected users to download and install the patch as soon as it is rolled out to their devices." Researchers discovered the security hole, which they are describing as a backdoor that could allow others to take control of the handset. ZTE and Chinese counterpart Huawei have struggled to make inroads with U.S. network operators due to security concerns, though the concerns center more on networking gear than with consumer devices.
Google Expands Enterprise Recommendation Program to More Phones
Google today said more phone makers now part of its Android Enterprise Recommended program. The Android Enterprise Recommended program, which was launched in February of this year, "establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google." In order to qualify, devices have to meet a number of specifications concerning their hardware, deployment, security updates, and user help programs.
ZTE's Axon 7 Gains a Security Patch
ZTE has pushed a maintenance release to its aging Axon 7 flagship handset device in order to patch up the phone's security. Primarily, the update applies Google's security fixes through the December 2017 patch.
Google Pixel and Nexus Devices Gain November Security Patch
Google today made its monthly security update available to its branded Android devices. November's patch plugs a handful of security holes that threaten Android devices.
AT&T's Galaxy Note 5 Wins A Security Patch
AT&T is sending out the July 1 Android security patch to its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smartphone. Google made the security patch available earlier this month.